What do “The Big Lebowski,” Rihanna, and James Turrell have in common? #JamesGoldsteinHouse! Investor James Goldstein has promised his John Lautner-designed home, its contents, and the surrounding estate to LACMA. Read more at unframed.lacma.org. [The James Goldstein House, designed by John Lautner, photo © Jeff Green] #lacma #Lautner #JamesTurrell #TheBigLebowski #Architecture #SoCalDesign #LosAngeles
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When the Dude enters pornographer Jackie Treehorn’s house in the cult classic movie, “The Big Lebowski,” his first words are: “This is quite a pad you got here, man. Completely unspoiled.”
Thankfully, it looks like it will stay that way. The owner of the house, NBA “superfan” and real estate investor James Goldstein, announced yesterday that he is donating the home and all of its contents to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACM). The space-age home was designed by famed architect John Lautner, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Goldstein purchased the house in the 1972, and he worked closely with Lautner for nearly twenty years to reconstruct it, adding custom touches like furniture made from concrete, glass and wood.
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The contents of the home are not insignificant either; they include a “Skyspace” work by the artist James Turrell; an “infinity tennis court”; Goldstein’s fashion collection; artworks from Ed Ruscha, DeWain Valentine, Bernar Venet, and Kenny Scharf; and a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from 1961.
LACM reached out to Jeff Bridges, who played “The Dude” to tell him the news, and he was very pleased to hear it. ““How wonderful, James Goldstein gifting Jackie Treehorn’s house to LACMA. What a present!”
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